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  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The Jacqui and Gilly rape drama. It started out as an interesting storyline due to the fact that the rape drama was showed from both points of view, and that Hollyoaks fans were offered the chance to work behind the scenes to decide if Gilly would be found guilty or not. He wasn't, and the aftermath was dealt with in an impressively realistic manner. Then it went on. And on. And on. Episodes consisted of Jacqui bleating ''E' RAPED MEH' in the streets, and Gilly being tormented by most of his peers despite the fact he had been found innocent. While impressive drama, most viewers agreed that it went on for far too long.
      • Unfortunately, this storyline returned to the forefront of the show, on Gilly coming back to the village. Although it's Rhys, Jaqcui's other half, who is going around screaming that he raped her.
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    • For some, Silas's reign of terror which has stretched out to almost a year now.
    • Stendan, the circles of abuse and Ste going back to Brendan without anything changing just to be abused. Again.
      • Similarly, Patrick abusing Maxine and people who figured it out conveniently forgetting.
    • Will acting like a victim in a wheelchair when he's actually murdered his fiancée and his own mother and can walk perfectly well. The only people who find out what he's really like tend to end up dead, and it's been going on for over a year now.
    • John Paul's rape storyline received this after just a few months due to escalating into an over the top chain of misery (including Finn scheming to get John Paul sent to jail, where he is caught up in Trevor's schemes) that viewers felt destroyed the realism that the show's producers claimed the story was designed to have.
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    • The Trevor-Grace-Fraser gangster storyline
    • The aftermath of Theresa killing Calvin is this, because she stayed in the show for what seemed like an ice age with no real reprecussion about what she'd done except for the odd moments when there is (such as Kyle, who was framed for the murder, showing up for revenge). By 2011 everyone who knew the truth behind Calvin's death had just stopped caring, making it even stranger when Theresa finally is punished for it, as we are meant to believe that Carmel does care all of a sudden, when she's been acting like she's completely forgiven Theresa for it for approx four years.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A lot of Jacqui's behaviour, mood-swings and inability to go several sentences without screaming at someone for some slight, actually makes a lot more sense if you interpret her as having an undiagnosed case of severe manic-depression or borderline personality disorder.
    • The same is potentially applicable to Mercedes, who has a long history of unstable behaviour and Aesop Amnesia.
    • Is it true love that kept Ste returning to Brendan, despite all the emotional, psychological and physical abuse he's endured at his hands, or has it just turned him into a Love Martyr?
  • Ass Pull:
    • The conclusion to the Jacqui and Gilly rape storyline. Flashbacks were retconned so that Jacqui actually said 'no', while earlier she had testified in court that she hadn't actually said no. So a clever storyline that started out as both Gilly and Jacqui being right turned into a Gilly bashing session that saw him leave the village. Needless to say, even the viewers who disliked Gilly aren't happy.
    • The introduction of Esther Bloom as Frankie Osbourne's grandaughter, since her father is stated to have been Frankie's son. Who was never mentioned at all during Frankie's tenure on the show, despite her having four other children as characters on the show. Said son was the one Frankie had while she was just sixteen; her parents had told her he had died shortly after birth, while he had actually gone on to eventually father Esther.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Leanne Holiday. Fans hated her for breaking up the liked relationship between her ex Lee and Amy Barnes, which she never got comeuppance for. However producer Paul Marquess considered her his favourite character. When a poll was run on who fans' favourite new character was from the 2010 class, she came last with 7%, and the next year when a poll asked who fans wanted to see fall victim to serial killer Silas Blissett note , she got nearly 60% of the vote.
    • Ste Hay. Ste abused Amy for years, and has even hit his current boyfriend Harry out of anger, he takes drugs without thinking of the consequences, he's frequently violent and bad tempered and flies into a rage at the slightest provocation. He steals, then whines that no-one ever gives him a chance, he lashes out at people and is surprised when people think that he's a thug. Yet he's had countless redemption arcs throughout the series, and it's clear that the viewers are supposed to sympathise with him because he had a hard upbringing. One arc saw Ste trying to get custody of his children, despite being mentally and financially unfit to take care of them, and viewers were supposed to feel sorry for him when it didn't happen. Now he has the convenient excuse of 'blacking out' whenever he's violent, so that he can receive more sympathy. Ste also receives countless storylines, most of which revolve around him being a “victim” and his friends needing to rally around him to help him.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • The streetlighting on the set - which does not, as far as we know, appear in Cheshire.
    • Kevin, the friend of Elliot who claimed to be an alien, created a Beacon to signal Proxima Centauri... which is located in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Designated Hero: One of Hollyoaks' main problems is that most of the main focus is on characters who are truly horrible human beings.
    • A good example comes in the storyline where Clare kidnapped, tortured and threatened to murder Mercedes and Paul. Given that Mercedes is a psychotic Femme Fatale and Paul is an unrepentant murderer, Clare could be argued to be actually the least villainous of them all.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Doug Carter is villainised beyond belief by some 'Stendan' fans. He's berated for acting like a normal, concerned fiancé when Ste gets tangled back up in Brendan's business, and with good reason too; Ste almost gets shot. Doug has his bad moments like anyone, but from listening to his bashers, you would think he was worse than the man who's a murderer and an abuser.
    • Any and all characters who come between John Paul Mc Queen and Craig Dean will get this, even if they are beloved before as poor Ste Hay can protest. This is probably the reason why whenever either of them briefly return to the show and depart, it will be written as the couple getting back together.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Brendan Brady. Some fans like to conveniently forget that he's a killer and abuser.
    • Simon Walker's bad traits are played down because he happens to be good looking. And has fabulous hair.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Several. Kris, Elliot and Dennis to name a few.
    • Silas, considered to be one of the most popular and interesting characters that ever appeared on the show. Oh and he's a 65-year-old serial killer.
  • Epileptic Trees: If one imagines Hollyoaks is actually an alien recreation of an extinct humanity, based entirely on salvaged copies of Heat magazine and Hello, it's surprising how much the plots and characters start to make sense.
  • Fan Nickname: Among those watching the show as a guilty pleasure worthy of mocking, anyway. Popular in forums, as some cast members are easily defined by one unique feature/personality trait; among them: "Speak n Spell" (Sasha), "Potato Head" (Zak), "Skoda" (Mercedes), "Bitchtits" (Justin), "Dull & Duller" (Tina and Dom), "Spock" (Ste), "Easter Island"/"Angry Pederast" (Warren), "Rubbish Tranny" (Kris), "Fruit Loops" (Sienna), "Non-Robbie" (Jason Roscoe), "Hypnotoad" (Freddie), "Giant" Holly, "Sheep Head" (Tom), "Clip Clop" (Gabby), "Knock Knock" (Noah Baxter)
    • And, of course, Hottyoaks for the show itself.
    • Ever since producer Bryan Kirkwood's decision to switch the show's focus to the hospital rather than the university, Holbyoaks has become a common one.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Darren & Nancy, at least to some.
    • Callum/George has its fans.
    • John Paul/Craig, even after various attempts to break them up. They became one of the show's Super Couple and even have a separate article about their relationship on Wikipedia. When John Paul return in 2012 by breaking up with Craig, fans either declare Fanon Discontinuity or ask when (not if) they will be back together.
    • A good number of fans want Lily to get together with Tom, rather than with Prince.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: John Paul McQueen's return in 2012 is this. Not only this breaks up the Fan-Preferred Couple John Paul/Craig, the storyline of his return (as detailed in Arc Fatigue) is so drag out that even non-shippers of the couple declare this.
  • Foe Yay: Walker seemed to enjoy his various revenge plots against Brendan, a little too much.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sinead once openly mocked Jaqcui McQueen's fashion sense to the point of almost breaking up with Jacqui's cousin Bart over it. Few months down the line and Sinead's sense of style is the exact same as hers, tacky leather trousers, animal print tops, scraped back hair and all.
  • Ho Yay: The early days had a lot of this. Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards) and Jambo Bolton (Will Mellor) spent rather a lot of time together topless and standing close to another.
    • Parodied when Hannah once kissed Nancy in the nightclub after being told by Lydia and Sarah (a lesbian couple) that she wasn't adventurous enough. Nancy then complained about being used as an experiment.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Silas. He manages to get away with murdering his wife and three young girls while coming across as a lovely old man, and makes it look as if Lynsey is going mad for trying to rightfully out him as being a murderer. He set up cameras in her home to watch her every move, and was Genre Savvy enough to remove them before the police searched the place. When Lynsey knocks Silas unconscious in the woods, he even manages to make out that he's been in France all morning. He then gets Brendan arrested for the murders, because he was starting to suspect him, and had warned Silas to stay away from Lynsey.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gabby stomping across a tiled floor, Noah banging on a door.
  • Moment of Awesome: Louise dressed all in black making a dramatic entrance to interrupt the wedding of Mercedes and Russ to reveal that Mercedes had slept with Warren.
  • Narm: Some of the storylines tend to feature this;
    • Jacqui's repeated declarations of "E' Raped Me!" during the Gilly storyline, Steph using "But I've got Cancer!" as justification for pretty much everything and Myra's hysterical wailing "But I'm dying!" when she actually wasn't.
    • Narm Charm: Texas' tragic death by defenestration. Due to the magic of slow-motion, the three seconds it should take to fall from a second storey window, gets stretched out to nearly half a minute and as a result, accidentally goes from horrifying to almost hilarious in how over the top it's played.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Sarah Barnes dies when she goes parachuting & both parachutes fail. As she plummets to the ground, the camera stays with her for several minutes as she realises she's going to die & helplessly screams for help. The camera only cuts away several seconds before impact.
      • This scene is made even worse when the camera pulls back, and if you've got a sharp eye, you can see blood staining the stalks of corn in the field where she fell, and covering quite a wide area.
    • Rae is strangled by Silas just feet away from where her friend Theresa and crush Will are kissing. She tries to call out for help, but can't.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Jacqui's actress coined one for the relationship between her character and Rhys Ashworth; Ja-Rhys
    • In universe, Lee comes up with 'Lamy' for him and Amy.
    • Also in universe, Esther comes up with 'Rono' for Ruby and Jono.
    • There's 'Stendan' for Ste/Brendan, and 'Stug' has become the name for Ste/Doug.
    • And 'McHay' for Ste/John-Paul.
    • 'Frinead' (Freddie/Sinead) and 'Frindsey' (Freddie/Lindsey) were used when Freddie's brief marriage to Sinead was threatened by his feelings for Lindsey. The production team encouraged this and used them on the show's official sites.
  • Replacement Scrappy: What some fans think of Grace Black compared to her sister Clare.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: For many, Ruby was redeemed for her past behaviour due to how badly she was treated by Maddie for no good reason. Some even want her bitchy behaviour to return, just so she can get even.
    • Phoebe has gained some popularity after being helpful to her surrogate mother figure Jacqui, by calmly dealing with finding an unconscious and bleeding Carmel in the house when Jacqui is too shocked and upset to think clearly, and for trying to help Jacqui and Rhys sort out their relationship.
      • Phoebe also won major points by sticking up for Esther when no-one else would. She also attacked Maddie for bullying Esther, and has even threatened to go further if Maddie just doesn't back off.
    • Leanne is becoming increasingly popular since the writers realised her comedy potential and evolved her into The Ditz. So that's three Scrappies who they've managed to rescue. Hollyoaks are good at one thing at least.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Due to many of the characters being insufferable or villainous at the best of times, many people where actively rooting for Silas during his killing spree. To the point where at least one magazine even ran a poll asking which annoying character the viewers wanted most to die!
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Stug vs Stendan.
    • Back in the day, Newt & Lauren vs Newt and Anita.
  • The Scrappy:
    • A poll from Inside Soap asked readers who they would prefer to survive Silas's reign of terror, and who they they wanted to die. Leanne and Ruby Button were the most voted to be his next victim.
    • Fans were left extremely disappointed when Sinead didn't die in the 2013 explosion.
  • The Woobie: Too many to list!
    • Hannah Ashworth definitely qualified. She suffered from an eating disorder and tried subtly to talk to her friends about it, but they didn't notice. She was deeply in love with her boyfriend John Paul, but he was struggling to come to terms with being gay. Hannah later befriended Melissa, another girl with an eating disorder, and saw Melissa die right in front of her. Then there's her being sectioned, finding out about her best friend Sarah's death, almost dying herself in a fire... and that's not even a complete list! More recent examples include Doug after contemplating suicide, and Carmel during her facial scarring storyline.
    • Esther, oh poor Esther! The poor girl can't seem to catch a break, especially when Maddie starts to spread rumours about her, and then acts innocent when Esther calls her on it. And punches her. Then you get the normally laid back Darren blaming her for Jack's heart attack, when it was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Then Esther ends up in situations where she's picked on, somehow ends up with her underwear showing, and is filmed and the resulting video is put on YouTube.
      • It manages to get even worse after Esther's main tormentor is killed; Esther is instead blamed for the crash that killed her, and is tormented further by Ruby and Sinead. The entire school turns against her, her own grandparents believe Ruby, a known liar, over her, and there are no adults on her side whatsoever. The only people to stick up for Esther are Tilly, George and Phoebe, and even then teachers refuse to believe that Esther is being bullied when bottles of piss are thrown at her in the corridors on a regular occasion. Then Esther tries to kill herself.
    • Tom Cunningham. In order, his father, mother, baby niece, older brother/surrogate father figure, and sister-in-law/surrogate mother figure all die, his parents within weeks of one another; his widowed sister-in-law's second husband & Tom's second surrogate father figure is accused (But eventually cleared) of rape, but leaves the village anyway following the Retcon that he did commit rape. And all before he's hit puberty. Then another potential father figure, Darren, is tricked into believing he's nothing but a little pervert and a liar, and left him for a long time, which only really ended after what could have escalated easily into an attempt on his life and his being kidnapped for months due to finding out that Sienna wasn't really pregnant. Then the girl he has a crush on gets a brain tumour and refuses to have surgery, although he sorts that one out. Made worse by the fact that, unlike most characters, the only really bad thing he's other done (frame Sienna for stealing a baby, with the fairly understandable motive that she was let off on bail after kidnapping him) he went to the police and owned up for (also denying Perri's involvement, as she wouldn't have had any real excuse) it.

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